What is Digital Storytelling?

    Digital Storytelling is using multimedia resources to tell a story. Whether you use it to recall a personal story to family and friends, or in the classroom setting to educate and instruct others, everyone can benefit from digital storytelling.

    How Does Digital Storytelling Work?

    According to Alan Engle, the seven ingredients of digital storytelling are:

     I. Point of View

    Who is telling the story? 1st person, 2nd person, or 3rd person point of view all work well in digital storytelling.

    II. Dramatic Question

    A dramatic question holds the story together by using elements of the story to lead up to a concluding answer.

    III. Emotional Content

    This is all seven elements working together to create an emotional response from your audience.


    IV. Voice

    Personal narration emphasizes the personal elements of the story. It connects viewers to the story through inflection and intonation of voice.

    V. Soundtrack

    The image and music work together to create an emotional response. Careful selection of the soundtrack can impact the how viewers experience the story. 

    VI. Economy

    The message should be expressed without giving away too much or taking too long to do it. Editing is important.

    VII. Pacing

    Keep a consistent pace. The narration and images should move together at the same rate of speed. If the pacing is off, the overall feeling is off.